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OWEN COUNTY, Ind.-  It’s been a month since an Indianapolis mother was found dead.  Detectives still don’t know how 32-year-old Danielle Akers ended up there in an Owen County creek.

Akers’ family is putting out a reward in hopes it helps someone who knows something to come forward.

“You go from being hurt to being angry when you don’t’ have answers,” said Bryan Akers, Danielle’s father.

Every day, he talks with investigators and every day there are no new updates.

“It’s extremely frustrating,” said Akers.

Danielle Akers disappeared on April 20, her body was found nine days later. Detectives are still searching for clues, but Akers’ dad is certain someone killed his daughter.

“Oh, I’m positive. It’s not even a question, 60 miles from the place she was last seen, no clothes on, no ID laying in the creek bed. What else could it be?” said Bryan Akers.

The reward is up $325, the family hopes money will help investigators get some clues.

“Somebody knows and there’s where the police are stumped, nobody’s saying nothing,” said Bryan Akers.

Danielle’s family believes the person responsible could be someone she knew or possibly even someone she trusted.

“I don’t need to know every detail of what happened I just need to know who did it and why and then I can go to my faith and say help me forgive these people,” said Bryan Akers.

Danielle was a mom to a 7 and a 12-year-old.  She was getting ready to go back to school to become a nurse and that’s the last thing her and her dad talked about.

“She always wanted me to be proud of her and I used to tell her all the time the fact that you are still here and you’re still trying makes me proud,” explains Bryan Akers.

Officials haven’t released an official manner or cause of death.

“As a dad, you just want closure you can have a service and you can past that but not knowing why would somebody would do that, that’s the part that bothers you. That’s the part that hurts,” said Bryan Akers.

The family hopes to get more donations to increase the reward amount.

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